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The Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa

The Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa is available to a person starting or buying into a business in the UK. It is an excellent way to not only earn residency rights for you and your family, but if you choose wisely, the business you start up or join could provide you with an income large enough to sustain yourself and your family.

The Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa

The Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa is available to a person starting or buying into a business in the UK.

Who can apply for an Entrepreneur visa?

You must meet either of the following criteria to apply for an Entrepreneur visa:

1. You need access to at least £50,000 in investment funds from venture capital companies or UK government seed funding entities, which are:

  • Held in one or more regulated financial institutions
  • Free to spend (disposable) on business in the UK

2. You have access to £200,000 investment funds and can prove that the money is free to spend (disposable) on business in the UK and either:

  • Your own
  • Made available to you by a third party (for example, spouse or partner)
  • Held in one or more regulated financial institutions

Successful applicants are able to bring a partner and children under 18.

How to make the right investment

With our UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa Investment Programme we match investors’ skills and experience with a range of pre-qualified business investment opportunities. This ensures that your investment will be profitable from the get-go, meaning you earn a salary from the moment you land in the UK. This is a huge benefit for anyone who is worried about finding a job in the UK.

In addition to this, we ensure that the investment meets the qualifying criteria for the UK’s Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa. Helping you and your family gain residency, and eventually, full citizenship.

Sign up for this programme today

Visa restrictions

In addition to having access to investment funds, in order to be eligible for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Score at least 95 points under the UKVI’s points-based system
  • Be capable of supporting yourself during your stay in the UK
  • Meet the English language requirements
  • Have no criminal record
  • Provide a credible business plan
  • Pay a health surcharge to access the National Health Service (NHS)
  • Not invest in companies involved in property investment, property management or property development

Successful applicants are able to bring a partner and children under 18.

Extensions and indefinite leave to remain

You can stay in the UK for a maximum of three years and four months on this visa. If the relevant requirements are met, it can be extended for a further two years.

This visa class counts towards qualifying residency in the UK, leading to indefinite leave to remain. This applies to any dependants you bring with you to the UK on this visa.

If you wish to start your family on the path to full British citizenship we recommend you contact us today so we can map out the most efficient route for you and yours.



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Sable International is a trading name of 1st Contact Money Limited (company number 07070528), registered in England and Wales. We are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK (FCA no. 517570), the Financial Services Conduct Authority in South Africa (1st Contact Money [PTY] Ltd - FSP no. 41900) and hold an Australian Financial Services License issued by ASIC to deal in foreign exchange (1st Contact Group - AFS License number 335 126).

Please note: Sable International is a trading name of Philip Gamble and Co. Ltd. Philip Gamble and Co. Ltd is registered in the UK with the Office of the Immigration Service Commissioner (OISC) under no. F2001-00004. Our staff based outside of the UK are not regulated by the OISC and may be involved in some client casework. However, they work to the same high standards as our UK staff and clients receive the same service regardless of which office they engage with.

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